“*Hah, hah* Finally, w-we’re here. W-we can finally take a break.”
“Thank goodness, we’re safe… Um, i-it is safe here, r-right Mr Kell?”
“Haha, ya don’t hafta worry about anyfing, kid. Dis spot is da safest place in da whole Vivian Forest.”
“I-I’m just glad to be out of the rain. I can barely feel my fingers or toes.”
“I’ll go get a fire started. I should haff a pile o’ wood stashed around ‘ere somewhere.”
“Please do. In the meantime, I guess I’ll go check our supplies.”
“I’ll illuminate the cave.”
“I-I’ll lay out the blankets and-”
“Don’t you dare do anything, Sen! Let Norf and Hachirou take over. That applies to you too, Enbos!”
“<Kinetic Barrier>, <Kinetic Barrier>, <Kinetic Barrier>!”
In rapid succession, I conjure multiple walls to intercept the thick roots assaulting us from our flanks. While we struggle to run through the mud, the Treant elevates itself on six of its thickest roots and storms out of the thicket like a wall of spikes. It’s pointless to remove Lili’s <Orbs of Light> at this point, or rather, she’s now summoning more to keep our surroundings well lit. A ball of magic appears above the canopy, and somehow, I know it’s the Treant’s hateful eye, tracking our fleeing forms. Continue reading
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I feel I need to emphasise the importance of this delay. I’ll be postponing the release Chapter 76 to around Christmas. RL has been stressing me out and I’m not in the right state of mind to be writing.
Still, it’s the season to be jolly. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the month.
It’s another midsummer day in the humble village of Travillis. While the other youths are out playing by the stream or working in the fields, I’m swinging a crude wooden sword under the shade of a tree. Minna is sitting nearby, taking shelter under the same tree whilst reading a book. After a while, she stops reading and watches me practise my swordsmanship.
“Come on, hurry up everyone! I wanna get movin’ way before da Treants do!”
“We’re almost done, Mr- *Yawn*.”
“Wat, ya still feelin’ sleepy, Sen?”
“I’m not really at fault, since Minna-”
“Did you say something, Sen?”
“N-no, it’s nothing! Now, let’s quickly pack everything and get going!”
“Well, at least ya being lively…”
It’s early in the morning and the sun has yet to enter our sight, but the orange tinted clouds in the east beckon its inevitable arrival. Unlike the evening, time is short as the Treants will soon start moving under the light of the sun. Within half an hour, everybody is ready to depart for another tension filled trip through the Vivian Forest. Well, almost everybody.
Since coming to this world, I had to quickly adapt to my sleepless condition as my ceaseless state of consciousness was slowly driving me insane. It’s one of the reasons I always narrate to myself, and why I welcome anything to occupy my attention. Because most living things sleep during this time, I often imagine myself as the ruler of this silent and serene world, free to do whatever I please. However, on this particular occasion it was no longer the case, as each member took turns to brave the lonely night. My usual freedom had become hours of conscious stillness, and with nothing better to do after Hachirou’s shift and mine ended… I started observing the visitors of my moonlit realm. Yes, it’s an invasion of privacy, but it’s not my fault they’re mistaking the time they have as their own. Continue reading
After a peaceful night’s rest at the inn, we make our way to the tavern to find we’re the first to arrive. Hachirou orders a loaf of buttered bread while I look over Takashi’s hand sketched maps in his notebook. Before long, two of our absent five enter the establishment to greet us: Sen and Norf.